Alaris Health at Riverton resident Nancy Hill Celebrates her 106th Birthday, and is featured in Our Town Rahway

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Nancy Hill was born in 1909 in Crawfordsville Ga, She lived in Westfield, NJ for 60 years and currently resides at Alaris Health at Riverton located on Lawrence Street in Rahway , New Jersey.
The Riverton staff hosted a 106th birthday bash for Nancy where she was surrounded by her family and over 2 dozen of her neighbors from Riverton.
Rahway Mayor Samson D. Steinman attended to the celebration. Nancy, whose parents also lived to close to 100, always loved to have fun and dance .
She danced at the Cotton Club, loved cooking, gardening, knitting and crocheting. She was very sociable and belonged to several organizations throughout her life.
She sang in the choir of Antioch Baptist Church in Springfield NJ and is a long-time member of the Westfield Elks Club.

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Alaris Health at St. Mary’s resident turns 105 and is featured in Essex News Daily

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Samuel MacFoy gets some help blowing out the candles on his birthday cake at the birthday party for him where he lives at Alaris Health at St. Mary’s in Orange.

ORANGE, NJ — Orange resident Samuel MacFoy celebrated a major milestone, his 105th birthday! Family, friends, fellow residents and staff threw him a birthday party at Alaris Health at St. Mary’s, 135 S. Center St., Orange, where he resides. MacFoy has lived at St. Mary’s for more than four years.

Samuel received an unexpected “Happy Birthday” this year from the president and first lady. A letter arrived for MacFoy, straight from The White House, congratulating him on this milestone and stating, “Your story is an integral part of the American narrative.”

Even at age 105, MacFoy remains passionate about his daily morning socials, as well as the variety of musical performances happening at the facility. He was born in Sierra Leone in 1910, where he grew up to be an accountant and eventually becoming the assistant minister for finance in the Department of Justice in Monrovia, Liberia. He moved to the United States in 1990 with his wife. He has several children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

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Dr. Lukenda, Medical Director of Alaris Health at Riverton, featured in Our Town Rahway

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My Loved One Needs More Help Than I Can Give — What Now?
Submitted by Dr. Kevin Lukenda, Medical Director at Alaris Health at Riverton in Rahway, N.J.

In my family practice, I often counsel family caregivers to look for tell-tale signs to figure out when an elderly parent requires more assistance than is available at home. There are unpaid bills lying around. You discover your dad is going out less and less. When he fell recently, your mom couldn’t pick him up and had to call the paramedics. There was an accidental overdose of one of medication. All indicate that a delicate decision must be made.

Sometimes the demands of care quickly and alarmingly become too great. In other cases, it might not be so obvious. At first, we can provide what is needed to keep loved ones safe with home health visitation, but there may come a time when it is in their best interest to consider other options, such as nursing home care. The bottom line is, we need to know that our loved ones are safe, comfortable and happy.

Today, people are living longer, and although we may not want to admit it, we all are likely to require additional care from people other than our family later in life. May 10 – May 16 is National Nursing Home Week, the perfect time to learn more about the benefits of nursing home care and evaluate if it is right for you or a loved one. While in-home care often makes sense for some adults and seniors, here are four signs that might indicate that transitioning to a nursing home may be the more appropriate choice.

1. Your Loved One Struggles with Daily Activities
Despite a sense of pride and a need to feel independent, we may notice that over time our loved ones need more help than usual with daily living activities, such as bathing, dressing, grooming, eating, taking medication, walking, etc. If your loved one has mobility issues, is bathing less frequently, or has trouble cleaning or doing laundry, it is important to think about the future. Anticipate your loved one’s needs and begin thinking about nursing home care before the situation rises to crisis levels.

2. You’re Increasingly Concerned About Your Loved One’s Safety
Safety concerns could range from a neglected pot on the stove to a fall or stroke. One of the biggest risk factors for stroke is age, so be on the lookout for its symptoms. If you notice that your loved one has weakness or numbness in his/her face or limbs, or has sudden vision loss, he/she might have had a stroke. A sudden loss of speech, sudden, severe headaches, or sudden unsteadiness can also signal stroke or could be the result of a severe fall. If you notice any of these conditions, get medical attention immediately and initiate a conversation about full-time nursing home care with your loved one’s physicians.

3. Your Loved One Starts to Appear Withdrawn or Depressed
Whether caused by physical disabilities or the loss of a spouse and dear friends, a descent into isolation should raise flags. People who have previously enjoyed a robust social life may miss the experience of having visitors and friends to connect with every day. For them, a nursing home can provide more contact with others than a sole caregiver in the home is able to give. If that is the case for your loved one, consider a nursing home that offers a broad and full calendar of therapeutic activities, such as card games, communal dining, live performances and devotional services, which can help him/her enjoy life and the company of their peers.

4. You’re Experiencing Caregiver Burn-Out
Sleep deprivation, anger, resentment and guilt can all become part of what happens to a family caregiver. Caregivers may wonder if they could or should have done more; they may feel separation anxiety in moving their loved one to another location. If you are the sole caregiver for a loved one and you start to have conflicting emotions of “I’m not doing enough” while at the same time feeling that you’re living for your loved one rather than yourself, it is time to take a step back. Juggling the demands of an aging loved one along with the responsibilities of raising your own family isn’t easy. You want your loved one to get the best care possible, and if you’re exhausted it can be difficult to provide that care.

Most families wait too long to make the decision to move their loved one to a nursing home, possibly for reasons of guilt. If any of these reasons resonate with you and your family’s situation, don’t wait. Learn about the options available and come up with a plan you are comfortable with, prior to it being urgently needed.
It’s never easy to discuss other living arrangements with your loved ones, but the sooner you’re able to recognize the signs and discuss alternatives, the safer and happier everyone will be in the long run. If you know your loved one is in the early stages of physical illness, cognitive decline or emotional distress, it’s important to have someone help them collect the right paperwork and make critical decisions, whether it’s a friend, family member or physician. Planning ahead, getting informed, and involving the appropriate persons in the decision will ultimately help ease the process when it’s time to move your loved one into care.

The best way to be there for your loved one is to know that they are in the proper setting and getting the care that they need. From understanding a health center’s capabilities to learning how to pay for services, do some research and talk to your physician or staff at a local facility such as one of the Alaris Member Health Centers in New Jersey to help you navigate through each step of the process. Visit several nursing homes before choosing one, and make sure they have activities and medical support appropriate to your loved one’s needs. Many nursing homes also offer support groups and other resources for families. These resources can help you come to terms with the idea that sometimes the best decision for the health and happiness of both parties is putting your loved one into someone else’s care.

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Kevin E. Lukenda, D.O., is Medical Director at Alaris Health at Riverton in Rahway, N.J., and has specialized in Family Medicine for more than 25 years. Dr. Lukenda graduated from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine in 1989. He grew up less than a mile from his Linden, N.J., practice and takes pride in the fact that he has been able to build life-long relationships with his patients and their whole families.

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Paul Cohen Receives ACHCA’s Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award

 

 

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Paul Cohen Receives ACHCA’s Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award

Alexandria, VA — May 7, 2015 – The American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) is proud to honor Paul Cohen, , Administrator of ALARIS HEALTH AT THE FOUNTAINS in Secaucus, NJ as a 2015 recipient of the ACHCA Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award. The award, named in memory of visionary ACHCA member Eli Pick recognizes administrators whose teams have achieved dimensions of organizational quality that few others have been able to reach. Two hundred and fifty seven administrators were awarded leadership awards nationally.

Mr. Cohen was one of 227 receipts who received the Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award with virtual recognition. This award recognizes the administrator of record who provided leadership throughout the award year. Eligibility for this award is based on three years of skilled nursing facility (SNF) survey data, including the Health, Fire (Life Safety), and Complaint Surveys, as well as top quartile performance on designated Quality Measures. The criteria also included an 80% or greater facility occupancy and a three year avoidance of a Special Focus Facility status.

“Advancing leadership excellence is at the core of our mission,” commented Marianna Grachek, President and Chief Executive Officer of ACHCA. “There is a close relationship between facility leadership and quality outcomes-and, ultimately, between quality care and operational success.”

The ACHCA firmly believes that long-term care facility excellence is a reflection of leadership excellence. The prestigious Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award is made possible with the support of eHealth Data Solutions.

Founded in 1962, the American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) is the only professional association devoted solely to meeting the professional needs of today’s post-acute and aging services leaders. Focused on advancing leadership excellence, ACHCA provides professional education and certification to administrators from across the spectrum of long term care. For more information about ACHCA, contact the national office at (202) 536-5120 or visit www.achca.org.

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For more information contact Shauna Stevenson:  sstevenson@achca.org or (202) 253-6522.

 

Eat Right Open House @ The Atrium

Today Alaris Health at The Atrium had a very successful “Eat Right Open House” which was presented by our registered Dietician, Erica Novota. Erica gave everyone very useful and informative hand-outs on healthy eating and she discussed each page in detail with great suggestions and examples.  After each category, the audience was given an opportunity to ask questions and share their thoughts. One of the highlights of the Open House was the opportunity to introduce, Rose Caulfield, an Alaris at The Atrium resident, who had also worked as a registered dietician, to Erica Novota for a snap shot. Rose Caulfield graduated from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and went on to work in the original, Jersey City Medical Center as a registered Dietician. Rose Caulfield can be seen in the first photo attachment standing to the right of Erica Novota.

After the Open House, the audience enjoyed the fresh sliced fruit and yogurt while they chatted about healthy eating.

Check back here for future open house events at The Atrium